Pirch, Lamotte Wrestling Dynasties Continue On College Level


Wrestling blood runs thick in the LaMotte and Pirch family.

Dave LaMotte and Dennis Pirch Payson High School wrestling coaches have been involved in the sport about as long as anyone can remember. Their accomplishments in the sport are the stuff legends are made of.

Dennis Pirch's son, Christopher, took his grappling act to Cornell University after his graduation from Payson High School three years ago.

Wrestling in the 149-pound weight division, Pirch has compiled an 8-3 record as a varsity starter. In his most recent tournament action, Pirch wrestled his way to a third-place finish at the Ithaca College Invitational. Earlier this season, he was fourth at the Cornell Invitational As a junior majoring in Math Education, Pirch could be in for a career in teaching and coaching.

Continuing to build upon the family's wrestling tradition, LaMotte's two sons Matt and Jeff are members of the West Liberty State College team. At West Liberty in Northern West Virginia, the boys are picking up where their father left off over two decades ago.

Dave LaMotte said he's happy his two sons chose his alma mater, but that was a decision they made on their own.

Wrestling in the 165-pound class, Jeff a two year member of the team has done well in a pair of recent tournaments, finishing fourth and sixth. At Payson High School, he was a Class 3A weight class state champion. Majoring in education, he too could some day find himself on the coaching front.

The 25-year-old Matt, an ex-Marine and former Phoenix College star, battled injuries in early season but is now on the verge of becoming the school's top 157-pounder. At Gilbert High School, where his father coached before moving to Payson, Matt was a two-time state champ.

Majoring in Criminal Justice, he's the only one of the trio who might not be looking at a future in coaching.

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